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Pain Research and Management
Volume 11, Suppl A, Pages 30A-36A
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2006/359752
Neuropathic Pain and Gabapentinoids

The Clinical Management of Neuropathic Pain

Dwight E Moulin1,2

1Departments of Clinical Neurological Sciences and Oncology, Earl Russell Chair Pain Research, University of Western Ontario, Canada
2Pain and Symptom Management, London Regional Cancer Program, London, Ontario, Canada

Copyright © 2006 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Chronic neuropathic pain as a result of injury to the central or peripheral nervous system is common in clinical practice, and is especially predominant in the elderly. The present review summarizes the epidemiology, clinical features, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis and management of neuropathic pain and specifically details an evidence-based approach to the pharmacological treatment of this disabling condition. Preventive strategies and novel treatment approaches are required to improve the management of neuropathic pain.